FRIDAY, February 14, 2020 (HealthDay News) – Bedtime without a partner on Valentine's Day can make sleep difficult to catch. But a new study suggests a remedy: cuddling up with a piece of his or her clothes.
Researchers say having a natural scent of a loved one nearby could be an effective sleep aid like melatonin.
"One of the most surprising findings is how a romantic partner's scent can improve sleep quality even beyond our conscious awareness," said senior research author Frances Chen. said. She is an associate professor of psychology at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver.
In the study, 155 people were given two T-shirts to use as pillowcases. A person who has been worn by their lover; the other is clean or has been worn by strangers.
While the partners of the participants are wearing shirts, they are advised not to use deodorants or scents or to do anything that could affect their body odor, such as smoking. , exercise and eat some foods. T-shirts are frozen to keep their scent.
Participants spent two consecutive nights sleeping with each shirt. They did not say which shirt it was, but they reported that they felt more comfortable after using a sweet-smelling T-shirt. Data from the sleep monitor validates it.
"Our findings provide new evidence that just sleeping with a partner's scent will improve sleep efficiency. Our participants improved sleep efficiency by an average of more than 2%," …